What's Old is New
By Jodi Mailander Farrell
Art Basel Miami Beach saturates South Florida for almost a week, but Miami galleries and museums plan to captivate us all December long. The Institute of Contemporary Art marks its highly anticipated opening in its new Design District home with The Everywhere Studio, 100 paintings, sculptures, videos, and installations by more than 50 artists from the past five decades. The show explores the evolution of the artist’s studio, with works by Edward and Nancy Reddin Kienholz, Roy Lichtenstein, Picasso, Andy Warhol, Anna Oppermann and others. Wall Street executive-turned-artist Peter Tunney, whose Miami studio doubles as a gallery inside Wynwood Walls, up-cycles wallpaper, chandeliers, casino carpeting and other remnants from Atlantic City’s now defunct Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino in Excerpts from the Taj Mahal (The Truth Always Happens). Miami City Ballet redesigns its 27-year-old Nutcracker production with enchanting, new costumes and sets by Cuban-American artist-designer power couple Ruben Toledo and Isabel Toledo. Tropicalypse, an exhibition of new charcoal drawings and a video by Colombian-born, Miami-based artist Gonzalo Fuenmayor at Dot Fiftyone Gallery, showcases his bananas-to-baroque exploration of tropical culture and European colonization. At Artscape Lab, Spanish conceptual artist and part-time Miami resident Juan Garaizabal employs sculpture and illumination to summon the heroic spirit of vanished buildings in Resurrect Me. Public installations in Coral Gables by Venezuelan-French artist Carlos Cruz-Diez mesmerize the city with 13 chromatic banners hung from City Hall’s Corinthian columns. Celebrating Carlos Cruz-Diez continues along eight crosswalks, painted in the artist’s kinetic, optical designs, leading to the Coral Gables Museum and a photo display of his installations.